Can Kownacki Withstand Wilder’s Right Hand?

While Adam Kownacki has been contrite on the road to a world heavyweight title shot, his manager, Keith Connolly, made it quite clear that the Brooklyn-based fighter will decimate Deontay Wilder.

“He’ll take the right hand [from Wilder], he’ll walk through him and he’s gonna knock him out,” Connolly said following Kownacki’s unanimous decision win against Chris Arreola on Saturday night at Barclays Center. “That’s what’s gonna happen. He’s gonna knock him out.”

“I think tonight Adam proved that he’s a franchise at Barclays,” Connolly continued. “You know, the place was packed. I’ve never seen so many red shirts in my life. It was honestly one of the best atmospheres I’ve experienced at Barclays, and I’ve seen a lot of good fights here. So, I would think probably two more of these types of fights, hopefully, a little bit easier.”

“Maybe we’ll have to do a little bit better matchmaking for him. … I think a fight with Deontay Wilder, in this building, I don’t think there’d be one seat that wasn’t sold. I would say probably the end of next year, we would be fighting Deontay Wilder for the title.”

“I’ve just gotta keep working on it, you know,” Kownacki said with less zeal than his manager. “I worked on it for this fight. I didn’t show it maybe as much as I should have. But hopefully next time we’ll be a little bit better and I will surprise you guys a lot better. I’ll train a lot better and [be] more crisp.”


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